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So Help Me God
The Founding Fathers and the First Great Battle Over Church and State
Forrest Church

    9780156034876 Trade Paperback
0156034875
$16.00
544pages
September 2008
Trim Size: 5-5/16 x 8
Copyright Year: 2007

Territory: US, C, O
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Today’s dispute over the line between church and state (or the lack thereof) is neither the first nor the fiercest in our history. In a revelatory look at our nation’s birth, Forrest Church re-creates our first great culture war—a tumultuous, nearly forgotten conflict that raged from George Washington’s presidency to James Monroe’s.





Religion was the most divisive issue in the nation’s early presidential elections. Battles raged over numerous issues while the bible and the Declaration of Independence competed for American affections. The religous political wars reached a vicious peak during the War of 1812; the American victory drove New England's Christian right to withdraw from electoral politics, thereby shaping our modern sense of church-state separation. No longer entangled, both church and state flourished.


Forrest Church has written a rich, page-turning history, a new vision of our earliest presidents’ beliefs that stands as a reminder and a warning for America today.

Biography

FORREST CHURCH is currently serving his thirtieth year as minister of All Souls Church in Manhattan. He earned his doctorate in church history at Harvard and has written or edited twenty-two books, including The Separation of Church and State. He lives in New York.





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History- United States/General
Religion- Christianity/General
Religion- History
Political Science- Political Ideologies/Conservatism & Libe
Political Science- Public Policy/Cultural Policy



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